A DUBLIN schoolboy caused a worldwide alert when he attempted to hack into the Microsoft Xbox system, it has emerged.
The 14-year-old from Tallaght was responsible for millions of computer users being alerted after the popular online game Modern Warfare 2 was hacked.
Bosses feared sensitive that information about Microsoft's customers was in danger of being compromised.
General manager of Microsoft in Ireland Paul Rellis made the revelation during his keynote speech at Bank of Ireland Business Week.
Mr Rellis said Microsoft is working with the teenager to develop his talent and help him use his skills for legitimate purposes.
The alert was exposed in the wake of an attack on Sony's online PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment in which the personal information of some 100million user accounts was stolen last month.